New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby mbrST1100 » 02 Sep 2014, 22:23

Tom Wright wrote:There were three motorcycles in our group that went down on the ride up the pass.

That sucks... I'm sorry for them, but then again I'm not... (hope nobody is hurt though...)
The Stelvio is fun to ride, but I don't find it very "hard" in particular...
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby Tom Wright » 03 Sep 2014, 21:49

We rode to Bludenz over a pass that I dont recall the name.
And then through a park that cost 12 euro and went up to a reservoir. Fun road.
I'll post some thoughts and observations on the riding and skills I've observed once I get home after next week.

I've seen one woman talking on a cellphone while driving and I haven't seen anyone texting while driving. At home I can pass 4 cars in a row on an interstate who are texting at 75 mph. I like the attention to driving that is displayed here.

I'm sure there are exceptions but that's what I've seen so far.
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby Ali in Austria » 03 Sep 2014, 22:06

Toll Road to the Reservoir - Silvretta?
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby Tom Wright » 04 Sep 2014, 06:49

Ali in Austria wrote:Toll Road to the Reservoir - Silvretta?


Yes. That's the place. It was fun riding on both sides.
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby mbrST1100 » 04 Sep 2014, 21:44

Tom Wright wrote:I've seen one woman talking on a cellphone while driving and I haven't seen anyone texting while driving.

Countryside and locals...
Get into some capitals and you go crazy over them cell users... :roll:

Silvretta is nice! 8-)
I might ride it on the way back from Paris at the end of this month... if schedule permits...
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby Tom Wright » 05 Sep 2014, 21:27

We got separated from the large group today at a traffic light in Mittenwald. It turned out to be a positive thing. We found that we can navigate and interact our way around. My minimal German language skills got three of us lunch and found our way back. Fun adventurous and confidence inspiring for the future.

Tomorrow we leave Seefeld for Lake Garda.
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby Ali in Austria » 06 Sep 2014, 07:33

A problem many Tour Companies face. Their clients go on a Tour and discover how easy it is to Tour around Europe, doing their own thing in future years.

Have a great time at Gardasee :)
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby Tom Wright » 06 Sep 2014, 07:50

We would also consider another organized tour. We feel we've seen the benefits of each method.
Meeting the other people on the tour was a positive thing. The schedule part was a little regimented.
But I've grown lazy in recent years by having a "flexible" schedule at home.

I'll see how it goes driving a car and navigating to the north of Lake Garda today from Innsbruck.
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby mbrST1100 » 06 Sep 2014, 11:12

Tom Wright wrote:We got separated from the large group today at a traffic light in Mittenwald.

Doesn't speak for the quality of the group members though...
Wasn't the process of monitoring the guys behind at turns and the "drop marker" concept briefed to all participants?

I'd also made the routes avail for all GPS users, so in a worst case the folks can regroup, make it to the next scheduled stop, or even back to the base camp without any troubles...

My minimal German language skills got three of us lunch and found our way back.

Most folks here do speak a bit English, or at least someone who can is nearby ;)
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Re: New Jersey to Edelweiss Tour August - September

Postby Tom Wright » 06 Sep 2014, 21:12

mbrST1100 wrote:
Tom Wright wrote:We got separated from the large group today at a traffic light in Mittenwald.

Doesn't speak for the quality of the group members though...
Wasn't the process of monitoring the guys behind at turns and the "drop marker" concept briefed to all participants?

I'd also made the routes avail for all GPS users, so in a worst case the folks can regroup, make it to the next scheduled stop, or even back to the base camp without any troubles...

My minimal German language skills got three of us lunch and found our way back.

Most folks here do speak a bit English, or at least someone who can is nearby ;)


We had the route with stops marked on a map from the morning briefing. The process was to watch for the rider behind. It turns out the rider saw us caught at the traffic light but consciously chose to continue. A bit of a story there I found out later. The tour guide was genuinely disturbed no one let him know. I don't blame him. The rider that saw us drop off was a "different sort".

I truly enjoyed the challenge of using the self taught German. It was a very small isolated place we stopped at for lunch. Another couple on a Triumph spoke "little bit English" I spoke eine bishon Deutche. And probable spelled that wrong.

We are in Riva Del Garda Italy tonight. This is certainly a change.
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